Improve Employee First Aid Skills with the Right CPR Manikin for the Job

Back in the day, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) manikins were heavy monstrosities packed in huge hard cases and had to be dragged for storage in the back room. Fortunately, the modern models, found at, are now lighter, smaller, and even smarter. The information below reviews important features in CPR manikins today and how you can add value to the employee first aid lessons by selecting the right one for your audience.

Lifelike features

Some of the manikins in the market tend to look more real than other models and the costs for reality are usually more than those of a manikin’s portability. While some have different “skin” tones, other manikins have realistic faces and torsos. The latter models are designed to be closer in size to an infant, a child, or an adult.

If you intend to use AED trainers, the pad placement is more realistic when used with lifelike manikins with more surface area around the chest as well as optimal anatomical features. Lifelike manikin models also have chest skin covering the hard-moulded body. Some advanced manikins also have a defibrillator included for rescuers to discharge real electricity. Check Apl Healthcare for more details.

The feedback system

A critical component to CPR is achieving the right chest compression to increase the chances of surviving cardiac arrest. Manikins fitted with feedback for compression help students and instructors keep pace in the right direction. Excellent compression training means that your staff will save more lives, and a compression feedback system helps reinforce the proper techniques.

Some manikin models at, offer audio click feedback once the student compresses at the right depth and location. This clicking helps the instructors assess a student’s compress location and rate, so they know that they are doing the right thing.

Another type of feedback is visual where a light-up system under the manikin’s chest lets you know when you are compressing at the desired rate. Two green lights mean that the student is hitting the right target of 100 beats for every minute. Visual feedback on most models is accurate, helpful, and easy to see for both the student and the instructor.

Other models offer computer feedback through a link to a laptop, providing real-time statistical feedback and visual feedback on the ventilation and compression administered to the manikin. While all types of feedback systems are exciting, it’s critical for the instructor to keep a keen eye for students to achieve the right CPR technique.


Carrying 10 manikins to the top floor in any office building is no easy task, especially considering the added risk of damage. If you have different office locations, it is critical to ensure that the manikins you purchase are easy to transport.

Many lifelike manikins are heavy, and others are sold in individual packs as opposed to a set in an easy-carry bag. Portable sets come with a bag for carrying up to four or five manikins of varying adult to child sizes.


Choosing the right manikin for training your staff on first aid is an important decision, especially when you consider that you will be working with it for years. Do you need additional help deciding which CPR training manikin is right for your business? Contact APL Healthcare through